THE FIRST trailer for Pixar’s first film with a black lead has arrived and it’s set to prompt audiences to rediscover their passions and ponder some of life’s biggest questions.
Soul, follows school band teacher Joe Gardner, voiced by Jamie Foxx. Joe dreams of becoming a jazz musician and his hope of realising his passion is within touching distance when he falls from earth into another dimension and undergoes an out of body experience.
“I think Joe is having that crisis that all artists have,” said co-director Kemp Powers. “He’s increasingly feeling like his lifelong dream of being a jazz musician is not going to pan out and he’s asking himself ‘Why am I here? What am I meant to be doing?’ Joe personifies those questions.”
The story itself, the brainchild of Pixar’s chief creative officer, has been in the making for more than two decades.
Director Pete Docter said: “It started with my son – he’s 23 now – but the instant he was born, he already had a personality.
He added: “Where did that come from? I thought your personality developed through your interaction with the world. And yet, it was pretty clear that we’re all born with a very unique, specific sense of who we are.”
Viewers familiar with Inside Out, also directed by Docter, will no doubt immediately pick up on the similarities with the animation style and exploration of personality and who we are but the film’s title, Soul, and Joe’s love for jazz suggest music will play an important part throughout.
While Pixar has made audiences wait for more than three decades for its first feature animation with a black character lead, fans won’t have to wait too much longer as the film is set for release in June 2020.
Watch the teaser trailer for Soul below.